Today our doggy’s have of course what we would consider modern names. Our own doggy we adopted was given the name JET (probably as he is black)! However, he has several A.K.A.’s – JEFFREY, JEFF, JETSON, JEFFERSON, JETTY !!!! All which are pretty cool we think!
Today we love our doggy’s so much we give them the same names as we would call our human children! These are some of the most popular names today…. CHARLIE, MILO, MAX, OSCAR, ARCHIE, BAILEY, BUDDY, ALFIE, BELLA, DAISY, LUNA, RUBY, ROSIE, MOLLY, LOLA, POPPY.
If we go back in time to the VICTORIAN DAYS, the dog really just started to be considered a member of the family. This was around the time when ANIMAL RIGHTS came into place. The popular doggy names were also very much like the names used for humans…… ALBERT, ARNOLD, CYRIL, DANTE, ERNIE, EZRA, FLETCHER, ADA, ARABELLA, AURELIA, MYRTLE, LUCINDA, GERTRUDE.
17TH CENTURY DOGS were a mix of hunting dogs and for the wealthy, lap dogs and dogs of friendship just like today. The names most common were …. DRUNKARD, DARLING, COUNTESS, BEAUTY, BANGOR, BOUNCER, DANCER, FLIPPANT, JEWEL, JOLLYBOY, JUMPER, LIVELY.
16th CENTURY dogs – we can trace many back to the time of KING CHARLES I – Dog names were more about their personality traits. Names that were popular were ….. SPANKER, TICKLER, RAPPER, THUNDER, BANGER.
O.K. if we travel further back in time to MEDIEVAL times dogs were usually not pets and almost all were used for hunting purposes or guard dogs! However, there were a few female dogs who were lapdogs and loved just as much as we love dogs today! Some popular names were …… MALE DOGS – HOLDFAST, MAGASTOMO, NOSEWISE, RINGWOOD, STURDY, WHITEFOOD (names relating to their physical attributes) whereas the few FEMALE lapdogs were given names such as ……BELLINA, TERRI, VENUS, PURKOY.
Today we really understand the role dogs have as therapy dogs and not just those who are actual ‘therapy dogs’ but all the dogs we have in our families. Their companionship, loyalty and acceptance is something human’s not just desire but is something human’s need. They fill our lives with a commitment we have made to them, to wake up to each and every day, keeping us being needed and loved! Maybe soon Dog Names will be more around their healing abilities to both our mental and physical health.
Names like SANITY, HEADSPACE, SAVEDME, MYLIFE, CALMDOWN, POSITIVITY, LOVEYOURSELF, ACCEPTANCE, COURAGE, HOPE, FAITH, BELIEF!
With love and woofs and kindness – Alison and JET (admin Chihuahua for HAPPY DOGGY NEWS!)
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